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Articles from Vol. 28, No. 5, September/October

Back Taxes
Delinquent property tax bills serve as cheap business loansMany Utah businesses have quietly discovered an interesting way to obtain instant, low-interest "loans" with low fees, no applications and no waiting.All they do is simply not pay their property...
Biotech Bet
Millions in taxpayer investment dollars go out-of-state; private gains questionedIn a perfect world described by proponents, state tax support for scientific research into stem cells and other emerging biotechnologies would work something like this:...
'Deep Throat' Unveiled; Woodward Offers Perspective
'Deep Throat' unveiled; Woodward offers perspective THE SECRET MAN: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat By Bob Woodward Simon & Schuster, 249 pages, $23When an inexperienced Washington Post reporter granted anonymity to a Federal Bureau of Investigation...
Demand for Training in Business Arena Leads to Partnerships, Resources
Keeping government and business accountable is the mission of investigative journalism. Government always receives attention because its meetings and records are supposed to be public. But businesses often require more intense effort since many of its...
Elderly Abuse
Parolees discovered living in nursing homes, residents not told of sex offenders, ex-consNext time you visit Grandma at the nursing home, you might want to take a closer look at who's living alongside her.The Chicago Sun-Times did the equivalent of that...
Foi Battle
VA attempts to stonewall benefits probe; shoddy veteran treatment found in recordsThe admonition from Abraham Lincoln is emblazoned on the wall of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "...to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his...
Ghost Scouts
Funds frozen, audit ordered after false enrollment shownThe first rule of the Boy Scout law is being trustworthy. It means, simply, always telling the truth.So, when a source pitched a story to the WAGA investigative team that the Atlanta-area Boy Scouts...
Global Cult
Records, sources help show link between charity, religious sect"Follow the money," one of the cardinal rules of journalism, applies as much to churches and not-for-profit charities as it does to profit-making organizations. It was worth remembering earlier...
Idle Trucks
Mob ties, kickbacks, official corruption tied to Chicago's Hired Truck ProgramA little red dump truck.It can be a child's favorite toy.But in the case of a real little red dump truck, parked at the end of the block where Chicago Sun-Times reporter Tim...
Infant Deaths
Mapping project logs decade of mortality for poorest residents, polluted areasOn the map of infant death, Tuli Hughes lives in a red zone.Within yards of her house in San Francisco's most impoverished corner, six babies have died in four years. Hughes...
M.D. Runaways
Troubled docs relocate to avoid sanctions; federal tracking found to be ineffectiveThe project idea evolved from a story that made national news: A 17-year-old girl died after a botched heart-lung transplant at a North Carolina teaching hospital. A doctor...
Member News
Marcus Baram has joined The Wall Street Journal as an assistant news editor. Previously, he was the news editor of The New York Observer. * Alicia Blaisdell-Bannon of the Cape Cod(Mass.) Times has won the top award for arts and entertainment writing...
Public Price
Convention center expansion falls short of expectations for area-wide profitabilityThe Orange County Convention Center opened in 1983, a building not a whole lot more impressive than a string of bowling alleys slammed together, minus the shiny hardwood...
Racial Profiling
Inaccurate data found in report mars kudos for police stops of minoritiesHow can a driver be considered black, white and Hispanic by the same police officer? It happened in San Antonio. Our two-month investigation uncovered a police database full of...
Ticket Fix
City insiders dodge parking fines; database reveals biggest offendersWe already had looked at a database to find out who was getting the most parking tickets in Buffalo and to check where people were most likely to get ticketed.Next, we wanted to know...
Wireless Flop
State court victory unseals records, final clue found in dot-com rise and fallNaveen Jain, a charismatic and controversial figure in Seattle, was one of the most remarkable success stories of the dot-com era. In four years, he went from being a low-level...